Pakistan recalls six High Commission staffers from Delhi

There was no official confirmation on the number of diplomats leaving India.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 7:18 pm
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In a further blow to Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan today pulled out six officials at its High Commission here, days after a mission staffer Mehmood Akhtar was expelled by India over alleged espionage. Though there was no official announcement here about Pakistan withdrawing its diplomats, according to Pakistani sources, six mission officials have returned home.

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The officials, who left India, included commercial counsellor Syed Furrukh Habib and first secretaries Khadim Hussain, Mudassir Cheema and Shahid Iqbal whose names were referred to by Akhtar during his interrogation in connection with the spying scandal, according to sources in the Pakistan High Commission. “The decision has been taken after it became impossible for the officials to work in this vitiated atmosphere,” adding that, “Indian government is threatening and blackmailing our diplomats. So, in this condition, it is impossible for us to stay in this country and work.”

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The development comes days after India declared Pakistani official Akhtar persona non-grata for espionage activities, triggering a tit for tat action by Islamabad, which also expelled an Indian High Commission official posted there.

Earlier, media reports emerging from Islamabad said Pakistan may ask at least two officials of the Indian High Commission to leave the country for their alleged involvement in subversive activities.

The two officials were identified and their photographs were being flashed by different TV news channels in Pakistan. Geo TV reported that commercial counsellor Rajesh Agnihotri and press counsellor Balbir Singh may be expelled. Indian officials said because of such media reports the security of these diplomats has been “hugely compromised”.

Citing sources, the channel claimed that Agnihotri was directly linked with RAW, while Singh was working for Intelligence Bureau (IB). The duo, it was alleged, were using their positions in Pakistan as cover to hide their real identities. It claimed Singh was also running a network of militants in Pakistan and expelled High Commission official Surjeet Singh was also part of his network.

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    Ahmed
    Nov 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm
    Spitting venom can not ease the relations. The animosity being experienced now was never before. With the coming up of Modi why the situation aggravated so much. Winning elevtions by bashing stan was the objective instead of working for people. Hate hate and only hate is germinating. Surely if continued will end up in war rather nuclear war
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      Australian
      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm
      in India, its only words and words and words, keyboard commandos writing hateful comments all the time, while its natural, any one can scream, shouts and writes hateful comments about another country in their homeland. i am Australian and i read both stani and Indian comments. sorry to say i found Indian comments degrading and hateful, while on the ground reality is totally the opposite. You need to be practical, don't just shout, do it, if you have ball, s. sorry to say but you need to face the reality,stop claiming prosperous and advance economy, while millions are hungry and not enough toilets for everyone. the reality is India is one of the most corrupt countries of the world. wake up, face the reality.
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        Narasimham
        Nov 2, 2016 at 4:09 pm
        Forget stan forever.forget its existence,people(terrorists),and its history. Wipe out,liberate oppressed people of Baluchistan and others aspiring freedom.this what India should do at this time.china will think twice to intervene definitely.
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          Sudhip Kumar
          Nov 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm
          Must also have taken away vital information. creeps...
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            Ajay
            Nov 2, 2016 at 4:39 pm
            obviously, they had to pull out, after all their ISI cover is blown :)
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              ANIRBAN BANERJEE
              Nov 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm
              So the cat is out of the bag. Pak spies are leaving our country for good. This is not a blow to Indo-Pak relations.It indicates the success of our intelligence agencies in unearthing moles in the stan High Commission.There is no reason for India to take -for -tat action.By withdrawing these people, who were named by the alleged ISI operative,who was later expelled by India, stan has made a defacto admission that these people were spies and their cover has been blowndia needs to heighten vigilance about the work of ISI operativesdia will also have to beware of Bibhishans and MirJafars who can sell the nations's interests for thirty pieces of silver.Some have already been unearthed.But I think that this is only the tip of the iceberg. ANIRBAN BANERJEE,Professor of Sociology, The University of Burdwan
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                Raj
                Nov 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                They need to close diplomatic ties with stan. Come on, a country attempts to shame another country at the UN, openly claiming hostilities! Ministers there speak of nuking India - and you want diplomatic missions there? What for? Trade is non-existent! If something happens here from there, they will deny it - cook up conspiracy theories and blame you instead. What purpose do you wish to have relations, any relations with these people?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is nothing stan can give India, nothing at all - but it wants land, people, rivers and mountains from India! It wants India to amend its consution for it, it wants to be treated better than India treats itself (not even equally) and it has a delusional sense of history and contemporary politics.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No one in the world likes stan - no country at all. Not even Islamic countries! What do you want relations with such a country? Just a sheer waste of tax payer's money. Just close borders, close the doors and pretend that country doesn't exist. Seal border to North Korea and South Korea proportions - the same level of scrutiny and just forget stan.
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                  Raj
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                  Yet another stan - and nuclear war. What is it with you people? You think with a nuke, you're a power of some kind? Nonsense, even North Korea has nukes. Not just spitting venom, gates need to be shut from the Indian side, India needs nothing from stan, nothing that it has interests India. Bye bye, nice knowing you, catch you in 50 years...
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                    DJ
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm
                    U pigs yr days r over. war is certain in forthcoming months. We are ready to die for our great nation but people will survivein India after war. Think of yourself and yr fellow pigs. Soon all will be washout from world map.
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                      JaiHindustan
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                      Jai Hindustan
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                        Boomba
                        Nov 8, 2016 at 10:37 am
                        GHORI will never find its way !!! because it is china made, if it flies it will land in your s h i t stan or will go back to china.
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                          Boomba
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm
                          It seems every stani has a penchant for that N thing !! . I am astonished that are they totally unaware of what it is !. You are asking why this situation started ? ask Zahil Sharif why did he send some bunch of bandits to attack in URI ???.
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                            Boomba
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                            not only that, it was a gigantic error on our part to give these insects a great part of our country to pacify their lust for power !! . we need to fumigate these viruses and cleanse the land known as stan . ( actually it has turned in to a ( pig) s h i t stan .
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                              Kartha MN
                              Nov 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                              The sole purpose of Pak High Commission seems to for orchestrating spy net work in India. This is the most convenient mechanism. They are least interested in good relations with India
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                                Nabakrushna Patnaik
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm
                                They were called back by stan because they were involved in espionage.
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                                  Menon
                                  Nov 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                                  After so many years of suffering from stan sponsored terrorism against India, time is long past to not only spit venom but also to take threat head on to neutralize. Time has long past to taech stan a lesson it will never, ever forget. India was very accommmodating after the Bangladesh war. India allowed Bhutto to sve face by retruning the terrotory captured back to stan, released 90,000 plus POWs. Yes, it would have been expensive for India to keep them as prisoners, but India could have very well kept high ranking officers, who surrendered. In return, stan has broken every promise, relentlessly used terrorism against India. India is saying to stan, "enough is enough and no more". You can take your fake outrage and shove it.
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                                    PG
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                                    "Spitting venom can not ease the relations. The animosity being experienced now was never before. With the coming up of Modi why the situation aggravated so much." Because stan is finally being held accountable for its actions and doesn't like it. Well, too bad ;) Typical response is to blame Modi and India. stan's tendency to blame others for its own failures is so predictable it's become a cliche.
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                                      Khan
                                      Nov 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                                      First of all you need to liberate low cast shudders from Barhamans oppressions and Kashmiris. 60% Indian potion accusing Indian govt to be intolerant. Awakey Awakey Neither India is USA nor stan is AFGH/Palestine
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                                        Khan
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 4:37 pm
                                        Indian has 22 consulates in India! Why you need so many Consulates in mountains? Kalboshan and RAW involved in innocent civilian killings in stan awake up before GHORI find its way
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                                          rahul
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                                          They were useless for stan now. There purpose here was to have an official base for spying network right in New Delhi. Now that they are exposed, this spywork cannot go on. And what good does this diplomatic mission serve anyway? Just some travel in the name of meeting relatives...much of that involving promoting drugs, terror and spy network. Shut it down for good!
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                                            Anjali
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                                            build the steel fence up 25 ft. high. and boycott china and stan
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